This smaller, day-use only provincial park is the perfect setting for a leisurely picnic while taking in the beauty of the birds, reptiles, small mammals, and plants that call this protected island home. Memory Island Provincial Park is on Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island and is one of the smallest parks in British Columbia. Access to the Island is via kayak, boat, or canoe from Shawnigan Lake and West Shawnigan lake Provincial Park.
There are a number of activities that one can enjoy on the Island, including:
- Fishing – Shawnigan Lake is well stocked with trout making it a popular spot for anglers. It is important to note that those angling or fishing are required to have the appropriate license to do so.
- Canoeing – there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking and canoeing on the lake.
- Hiking – While there are no specifically developed trails there are a number of well worn paths that visitors may like to explore.
- Pets – While pets are permitted, they must be on a leash at all times and it is the responsibility of owners to properly dispose of their excrement. If you plan on doing some backcountry exploring, it is recommended that you not bring any pets along to avoid interaction with local wildlife.
Facilities at the Park include a day-use picnic area and pit toilets are available.
If you are traveling along the Malahat, you can stop at the boat launch on the west side of Malahat drive on Highway 1where you can take a quick 1-km paddle to the Island from the lakeshore.
During the spring Memory Island Provincial Park protects local nesting waterfowl. The resident birds that breed on the island include: Belted Kingfishers, Common Mergansers, and Common Snipe.
Because the Park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the facilities and serves may not be the same as other BC provincial parks. Before heading out, it is a good idea to check their official site.
There are also a number of towns around Memory Island that offer a host of recreational activities, museums, shopping, special events, and great food. Some of the more popular areas to visit include:
While all of southern Vancouver Island offers a host of both indoor and outdoor activities as well as its scenic rugged beauty, Memory Island Provincial Park is a unique setting where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature in a protected environment.